Having set Karanatka 131 runs for victory, Punjab had to defend the last over which required 6 runs. Neelam Bisht was appointed to bowl the last over. She started off with a dot ball, followed by a wicket of K Prathyoosha after which Simren Henry picked up a single which brought Prathyusha on strike who had scored 28 ball 35. Bisht bowled two consecutive dot balls which built pressure on Prathyusha and she missed the last delivery to be stumped off Bhatia which required five runs for a win and a boundary for a super over. Punjab won the match by 4 runs.
In the start of the Karnataka innings, Vanitha VR, the leading run-getter for her side of this tournament, opened her account with a six followed by a boundary after which she got out to Kaur in the 3rd over as Karnataka were one down at 19 runs. Kaur struck again as S Shubha was dismissed at 14 runs. Karnataka brought up their 50 runs in 7.5 overs soon after which Rakshitha K (7) was knocked out by Sunita Rani.
Karnataka captain Rakshitha K won the toss and elected to field. After an explosive start of 11 in the first over of the match with Ridhima Aggarwal powering 2 fours. Simren Henry struck in her first over as Punjab lost opener Ridhima Aggarwal (11) who was caught in the covers by Prathyusha. Punjab’s 50 came in the 8th over with Akhter being dropped seven times after which Taniya Bhatia was dismissed in a similar fashion on the mere score of 12 runs. Jasia Akhter went on to make a 45 ball half century to complete her 3rd half-century of the series.
Karnataka’s sloppy fielding made their bowlers look ordinary with at least seven chances dropped after which Chandu V picked up the wicket of Akter as S Shubha finally caught her at deep mid-wicket. Neelam Bisht played a blistering knock of 14-ball-27 including two sixes and three fours which boosted the total late to reach 129 after which Bisht lost her wicket to Divya caught at the boundary followed by which Parveen Khan got out on the golden duck. Komalpreet Kour missed the hat-trick ball to end the innings with 131 runs.
Sunita Rani claimed the wicket G Divya who played a crucial inning of 41 runs to break the partnership between Divya and Prathyusha. Prathyusha went on to an unbeaten 31 ball 35 on looking the wicket of Akanksha Kohli(3). Karnataka struggled to reach the total as they lost wickets at the regular intervals. Punjab defended the total and won the match and tournament by 4 runs.
Punjab have continued their unbeaten streak to win the Senior Women’s T20 League 2018-19.
“Actually, the girls played really well but in fielding, we dropped so many catches. We could have done better. We have won 9 matches chasing so that’s why we preferred to chase in the finals. We could have done better.” said Rakshitha, the captain of Karnataka.
“We could have done better in the initial six overs and we lost two quick wickets in that area. After that girls played well especially Prathyusha,” she also added.
Parveen Khan, the captain of Punjab said, “Its Punjab’s first time in the finale and we have won thanks to my team, coach and everyone. It was a pleasure to be a captain to such a side that bats, bowls and fields well.”
“Once we have won it all falls into place but my batters have given a great start to the team and also our bowlers have the capability to defend a small total as well,” she concluded.